National Buffalo Wing Day

A group of friends gathered around a plate of buffalo wings, with a variety of sauces and napkins, enjoying the deliciousness together..
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Hey there, wing enthusiasts! Get ready to celebrate one of the tastiest days of the year. It's National Buffalo Wing Day! So grab your favorite sauce, loosen up those taste buds, and prepare for a saucetastic journey into the history and deliciousness of buffalo wings.

When is Buffalo Wing Day?

It's national buffalo wing day on the 29th July.

Winging It: A Brief History

Legend has it that Buffalo wings were born in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. A bunch of friends and family were hanging out when the owner's son brought a basket of chicken wings into the kitchen. Suddenly struck by inspiration, they decided to deep fry the wings and toss them in a spicy sauce. Little did they know, they were about to create a food revolution.

Word of these finger-licking wings started to spread like wildfire, and soon, Buffalo wings were flying off the menu across America. People couldn't resist the combination of crispy, tender chicken wings drenched in a tangy, spicy sauce. It became a staple at bars, late-night joints, and sports parties. And thus, a national food holiday was born!

The Saucetastic Journey

Over the years, buffalo wings have undergone some serious sauce experimentation. From the classic spicy buffalo sauce to honey mustard, barbecue, teriyaki, and even mango habanero, the possibilities are endless. Whether you like to dip, dunk, or drown your wings in sauce, there's a flavor out there to satisfy every taste bud.

And let's not forget the sides! Celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing have become wing's trusty sidekicks throughout the years. The cool creaminess of the dressing perfectly complements the hot and spicy wings. Who knew that such a simple combination could create harmonious flavor fireworks?

Wingin' It Nationwide

National Buffalo Wing Day has become a nationwide celebration of all things saucy and delicious. People flock to their favorite wing joints, throw epic wing parties, and even challenge their spice tolerance with super-hot wing eating contests. It's a day to indulge in guilty pleasure without feeling an ounce of guilt.

So whether you like your wings mild, wild, or extra fiery, grab a napkin, take a bite, and savor the flavor explosion that is the buffalo wing. Happy National Buffalo Wing Day!

History behind the term 'Buffalo Wing'


Creation of Buffalo Wings

Buffalo wings were invented in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York by Teressa Bellissimo. It all started when she received a shipment of chicken wings by mistake instead of the chicken necks that she typically used to make a bar snack. Determined not to waste the wings, Teressa came up with the idea of deep-frying them and tossing them in a spicy sauce.


Introduction to the Public

Once Teressa Bellissimo created the Buffalo wing, it quickly gained popularity among the local bar patrons. Other bars in Buffalo started to catch wind of these tasty treats and began adding buffalo wings to their menus. This ignited a local food craze that gradually spread throughout the region.


National Recognition

Buffalo wings started to gain national recognition in 1977 when a writer for a national food magazine wrote a feature on the Anchor Bar and its famous wings. This article brought attention to Buffalo wings outside of the local area and sparked curiosity among food enthusiasts all over the country.


Widespread Popularity

During the 1980s, Buffalo wings began to take the nation by storm. As the popularity of sports bars and casual dining establishments grew, so did the demand for this finger-licking snack. Buffalo wings became a staple appetizer at bars, restaurants, and parties across the United States, becoming synonymous with deliciously tangy and spicy flavors.


International Expansion

As the 1990s rolled in, the popularity of Buffalo wings transcended borders and started to make its mark in the international culinary scene. It began to feature on menus around the world, from Canada to Europe, Asia to Australia. The unique combination of crispy, saucy goodness proved to be an instant hit worldwide.

Did you know?

Did you know that the average American consumes around 290 chicken wings per year? That's a lot of flapping tasty goodness!


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First identified

13th July 2015

Most mentioned on

29th July 2015

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